The official IAAF pre-competion press conference, Wu18 Championship Nairobi 2017


Some of the world’s leading teenage athletes joined IAAF President Sebastian Coe and local dignitaries at the official pre-competition press conference on Today, the eve of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017.

More than 800 athletes from 131 countries, as well as an athlete refugee team (ART), have assembled in the Kenyan capital for what will be the final edition of the global championships for athletes in the U18 age group. The championships will take place from 12-16 July.

This is a very big moment in the history of Kenyan athletics,” said Coe. “So much of my career as an athlete was defined by great races and great competitions with Kenyan athletes. Kenyan athletes have made a huge mark on global sport, way before I become a senior international athlete. Your history is our history; our history is your history.

“To have a World Championships here is very important. To the 800 athletes and 130 countries that are here, thank you. And, of course, I’d like to thank the organising committee in bringing this event to fruition.

“These championships are an extraordinary opportunity to watch talent and champions of the future,” added Coe. “It is through these championships that Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix and other greats have emerged. There’s no reason why we won’t see more jewels of the future throughout this week.

“Being here is not a sacrifice; it is a labour of love to be witnessing athletics in a nation that has made such an extraordinary contribution to the history of our sport.”

Sports Pesa Supercup:Gor Books a date with Everton after winnning the SPesa Supercup


It is official. Kenyan Premier League’s most successful club, Gor Mahia, will battle English Premier League side Everton on July 13 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

K’Ogalo booked the date after beating eternal rivals AFC Leopards 3-0 in the SportPesa Super Cup final at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

The victory earned Gor Mahia Sh3 million for emerging the inaugural tournament champions.

The tournament was contested by eight teams from Kenya, Tanzania, and Zanzibar.
Gor Mahia’s Ugandan import Meddie Kagere got the Golden Boot award after ending the tournament with three goals.

Custodian Fredrick Odhiambo won the Golden Glove award after he ended the tournament with a clean sheet.
Timothy Otieno, Oliver Maloba, and John Ndirangu found the back of the net for Gor Mahia in the second half after a barren opening half.

Otieno embarked on a solo move before releasing a screamer to give Gor Mahia the first goal in the 59th minute.
Then Maloba converted a George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo cross in the 75th minute after he was set free by Francis Kahata while Ndirangu slotted in his only goal of the tournament in the 91st minute.

“This a great honour for me. I still can’t believe that I did not conceded a goal in this tournament,” goalkeeper Odhiambo said.

Kagere said he gave his all despite fasting during this religious period and that he was honoured to be the best and top scorer of the tournament.

Gor’s head coach Ze Maria, fresh from holiday in his native Brazil, thanked his assistant, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, for leading his charges to the finals in his absence.

Otieno said he believed they would triumph after going through the statistics, which he said favoured them.

“Statistics don’t lie. I knew this final was ours to lose after we won all our games without conceding a goal,” said Zico.

He added: “I used our young players in this tournament to give them exposure. I thought our opponents would give us a run for our money this time round, but this did not materialise.”

Newly engaged AFC head coach Dorian Marin from Romania conceded defeat, but pledged to build a stronger team once he settles in the job.

A Fresh Track Laid down atb MISC for IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017


After a slight delay to the installation of the new synthetic track at the MISC stadium due to the material being stuck in customs, work is now well under way and the LOC is confident the tracks will be ready in time for the championships dated 12-16 July next week. The LOC is also working to implement the necessary security measures to deliver a safe and secure environment for the athletes.

The IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 will be the first global track and field championships to be held in Kenya. It will also be the final edition of the World U18 Championships as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launches the construction of nyeri rungiru stadium


President Uhuru Kenyatta today this evening wrapped up his tour of Nyeri County by launching the construction of the historic Ruringu Stadium.

President Kenyatta said the construction of the stadium is expected to be completed in six months time after which residents will be able to enjoy the services of a modern stadium.
The national Government is revamping the stadium at a cost of Kshs 250 million.
“Once completed, the stadium will help nurture the talents and sporting skills of the youth in this county,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke on Thursday when he addressed a huge public rally in Nyeri town after launching the rehabilitation of the historic Ruringu Stadium.

Earlier in the year,Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti on Friday had already confirmed that work on the stadium had already began together with other counties like Tharaka Nithi Marsabit, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kiambu, Makueni and Uasin Gishu to fulfill the government’s pledge.In the 2015 Budget, Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich had allocated Sports Kenya Sh1.8 billion towards financing construction of six the stadiums.

“We have begun the process because the right infrastructure plays a great role in talent development. We will be employing the sports officers who previous worked with the department of sports to help start sports programme in every county. We will recruit more technical and professional staff and work closely with sports federations to ensure this mandate is fulfilled.”Said Mr.Muteti.

Sports Kenya will also partner with the Kenya Academy of sports to ensure that elite sports men and women selected into national teams get the right training and exposure so that they do well in international competitions.

sportskenya partners with St.Andrew to host a charity Golf Challenge at Muthaiga Golf Club


Sports Kenya and Nairobi St.Andrew PCEA have partnered to sponsor a charity tournament whose aim will be to raise money to support various children's homes and schools.Among the homes and schools that will directly benefit from this weekend event are Hawa,Tumaini childrens Home and ISARI secondary school. The event whose motto is "ENJOY GOLF-TOUCH A LIFE" will take place at Muthaiga golf club on the 24th of June.

Greyling stars in Sports Kenya St. Leger Horseracing at Ngong Racecourse and golf club


Johannes Greyling was the star of the show at the Ngong Racecourse as he dominated two races at the Sports Kenya St. Leger to clinch the main race crown.

Greyling cruised to victory in his second race of the day jockeying Eagle Bay. Eagle Bay broke well from her outside stall, settling near mid-pack for Splendid as Eagle Bay gunned out for the early lead.
As the field approached the far turn, Eagle Bay was again threatened by Splendid but it was Glascote who was steadily approaching on the far outside after a three-wide run.
Greyling, however, managed to hold on to the lead as they approached the finish line to secure his first win of the day after he faltered in the first race dubbed ‘The Nyayo Stadium Terms’ finishing a fraction of a second behind Patrick Ngugi who went on to win the race.

In the fourth race, Greyling jockeying the dreaded Iced Waterfall fell short of victory as he came in second behind J. Muhindi who dominated the race from start breaking well from his inside stall.

Greyling was at it again this time in the 2800 main race of the day. The Jockey, on in form Hawker Fury stallion broke well from his stall beating off main rival AS Paragon.

Though he was still three lengths from the lead near the head of the lane, Hawker Fury never panicked, first swallowing up As paragon with a near 7 foot length. He then pointed School of Rock at her next target and with a perfectly-timed steady ride, Greyling guided his mare on to the front for a maiden Victory.

Speaking during the Event, Sports Kenya Chairman Fred Muteti who had earlier on clinched victory when his horse Santorini stormed to victory in ‘ The County Stadia Maiden Race’ said there are plans to expand the sport as they seek to make the Sports Kenya St. Leger Day an annual event.
“This is the inaugural edition of Sports Kenya Leger and we want to make it as memorable as it can possibly be and we will keep sponsoring such sporting events,” Said Mutetei.

Justin Mburu Powers Hawker Fury to claim a tipple crown at sports Kenya St. Leger


Potency poured out of Hawker Fury like a pneumatic drill.

He simply sashayed past School of Rock to robustly cushion the Sports Kenya St Leger at Ngong.

Laden with the purest evidence of superior class, interpretation of this race was that Heni Greyling was insulated from any worries, sitting behind School of Rock
until he decided to make a clean break.

Consequently, Justin Mburu's elaborately composed Hawker Fury, is now the Triple Crowner of Ngong.

Trained by Onesmus Mutua, all networks must wallow in the sheer moment of ecstasy, to allow the final Classic to sink in.

Mutua did not rest on any laurels.

He also delivered Eagle Bay and Santorini as a hat-trick.

Elsewhere, Navy Seal (Richard Kibet), neatly documented the Nyayo Stadium Nakuru Champion Stakes from Busselton, but others were only sighted as distant fodder.

Don't you just love the names of ownership - Galloping Geriatrics!

Oliver Gray, Joe Muya, and, Steve Njuguna, must be mentioned, in order that their wins are not faded out by Hawker Fury euphoria.


12.30 pm - First Race - Nyayo Stadium Nakuru Champion Stakes (1,400m)

1. Navy Seal (Richard Kibet) Mambi in Seattle-Pearl River

2. Busselton (Charles Mwangi)

3. Bulawayo (Heni Greyling)

4. Stormaway (Protus Ngugi)

Distance: 2.4/8/8/8. Time: 1:28:1/10 secs. Favourite: Winner 5-4. Runners: 5

Owned by The Galloping Geriatrics. Trainer Patsy Sercombe

1.00 pm - Second Race - County Stadium Maiden (1,000)

1. Santorini (Protus Ngugi)

2. French Ruby (Daniel Tanui)

3. Ione (Daniel Ombati)

Distance: 1.5/2/7/half. Time: 1:30:00 secs. Favourite: Winner 1-9. Runners: 6

Owned by F. Muteti. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

1.40 pm - Third Race - Nyayo Swimming Complex Maiden (1,000m)

1. Eagle Bay (Heni Greyling)

2. Splendid (Charles Mwangi)

3. Glascote Rose (Henry Muya)

Distance: 7/8/4.4/7. Time: 3:00:7/10 secs. Favourite: Winner7-4. Runners: 6

Owned by Justin Mburu. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

2.15 pm - Fourth Race - Stadion Hotel Handicap (1,600m)

1. Marshall Murphy (James Muhindi)

2. Iced Waterfall (Heni Greyling)

3. April's Song (Henry Muya)

Kijana withdrawn under Veterinary Certificate Distance: 2/1.5/4.75/8. Time: 1:43:1/10 secs. Favourite: Iced Waterfall. Runners: 5

Owned by N. Patel. Trainer Oliver Gray

2.50 pm - Fifth Race - The Sports Kenya St Leger (2,800m)

1. Hawker Fury (Heni Greyling) Royal Air Force-Early Spring

2. School of Rock (Patrick Mungai)

3. As Paragon (Julie McCann)
4. King of Oxted (Protus Ngugi)
5. Tenby (Richard Kibet)

Distance: 0.75/short-head/5.5/1.5. Time: 3:16:6/10 secs. Favorite: Winner 5-4. Runners: 5

Owned by Juston Mburu. Trainer Onesmus Mutua

3.25 pm - Sixth Race - Kasarani Aquatic Centre Handicap (2,060m)

1. Saclan (Richard Kibet)

2. Tuff Cookie (Henry Muya)

3. Monash (Jacob Lokorian)

Distance: head/3/half/0.75. Time: 2:13:7/10 secs. Favourite: Nothing specific. Runners: 10

Owned by Joe Muya and R. Muigai. Trainer Joe Muya

4.00 pm - Seventh Race - Kasarani Indoor Arena Handicap Jardine Lafitte Trophy (1,400m)

1. South Lodge (Jacob Lokorian) Secret War-Risky Business

2. Dreamliner (Peter Mithamo)

3. Romeo Foxtrot (Protus Ngugi)

4. Shakara Man (Charles Kimani)

Distance: Time: 1:27:7/10 secs. Favourite: Nothing specific. Runners: 8

Owned by Mary Binks and B. Helander. Trainer Steve Njuguna

4.35 pm - Eighth Race - Kasarani Stadium Handicap (2,060m)

1. River King (Patrick Mungai)

2. Notorious (Heni Greyling)

3. Milou (Jacob Lokorian)

Distance: half/8/2.5/2.75. Time: 2:10:6/10 secs. Favourite: Notorious. Runners: 6

Owned by I. Rowe, W. Kilburn, and, S. Grantham. Trainer Oliver Gray

Bolt Bids farewell to Jamaican Home crowd in Kingston after winning his last homeland race


It was dubbed ‘Salute to a Legend’ and that’s precisely what the 35,000-strong crowd did after Usain Bolt won the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix on Saturday (10).

Minutes before the fireworks lit up the clear night sky, the multiple world and Olympic champion shared centre stage with sprint relay colleagues Jevaughn Minzie and Nickel Ashmeade in a sentimental and symbolic 100m race.

Bolt, competing in his season opener and his final race in Jamaica, showed signs of race rustiness early on, allowing training partner Minzie to get a jump start. However, midway he bolted into the fray, in his inimitable way, then zoomed away from the field for a comfortable win in 10.03 (0.2).

Incidentally, Bolt’s first ever international 100m race some 10 years ago produced the same time. It was, of course, almost half a second shy of his 9.58 world record from 2009, but having missed a block of training following the death of his friend Germaine Mason, Bolt wasn’t overly concerned with what the clock said.

“It was one of my worst races,” he said. “My execution wasn’t all that great. I wasn’t worried about the time; I just wanted to compete in front of my fans.”

IAAF President Sebastian Coe attended the meeting and paid tribute to a man who will leave an incredible lasting legacy in athletics.

“I am here just to thank someone who has changed the face of our sport, and has encouraged so many young people to our sport, and the journey now has to continue,” said Coe.

“This is an extraordinary career that is coming to a close and we are very excited, of course, that that career will close fittingly in a World Championships stadium. If you look at his record, everywhere and everything that he (Bolt) has done, he has always been the best.”

On a warm night for sprinting, the international men’s 100m held earlier in the evening provided an acid test for the contenders to the soon-to-be-vacated throne of the world’s fastest man. South African record-holder Akani Simbine, who has already bettered the 10-second barrier six times this season and won at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha, found 2011 world champion Yohan Blake in a no-nonsense mood.

Blake rocketed out of the blocks and sped away from the field en route to a 9.97 (0.6m/s) victory, delighting the vociferous home crowd. Simbine took second place in 10.00 followed by Keston Bledman in 10.22.

IAAF world U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 ,only 30 days to go, venues-MISC & KU


Today marks 30 days to go until the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017, the 10th edition of the biennial event which this year takes place in the Kenyan capital.

It will also be the final edition of the championships as the IAAF will move its focus for the under-18 age group on to continental championships.

Nevertheless, the IAAF World U18 Championships has proved to be a crucial stepping stone in the development of many of our sport's stars.

At the first edition of the championships in 1999, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, talented teenagers such as Australia's Jana Pittman, Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, France's Ladji Doucouré, Hungary’s Krisztian Pars and Kenya's Stephen Cherono first came to international attention when they won gold medals.

All have since gone on to win at the Olympic Games or IAAF World Championships, and in some cases both.

This group subsequently became household names in their own countries and gained wider recognition beyond their national boundaries with not only specialist athletics fans, but often with the general public as well.
Winners from the following two championships are also now in their early 30s and many have already made a big impact as well.

US sprinter Allyson Felix and New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams were among the winners in 2001 while Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt lit up the 2003 edition.

Bolt had the same effect on his rivals back then that he had on his opponents at the past four IAAF World Championships and three Olympic Games, winning the 2003 world youth 200m title by more than half a second in a championship record of 20.40.

“The World Youths were a big part of my education as an athlete,” said Bolt. “They were in Canada and it was the first time I'd raced outside of the Caribbean. I remember I went there feeling confident about what I could do on the track, but it was all those other things, like food and a being in a strange city, that made me think 'It's a really big world out there’,”

Names from 2005 onwards that leap out of the list of winners include: Ekaterini Stefanidi, Dani Samuels (2005); David Storl, Christian Taylor, Darya Klishina (2007); Isiah Koech, Kirani James, Mercy Cherono, Katrina Johnson-Thompson (2009); Conseslus Kipruto, Ajee Wilson, Faith Kipyegon (2011); and Yomif Kejelcha (2013).

One thing is certain: the IAAF World U18 Championships provides a vision of the future personalities and top performers of the sport.

The geographical spread of the origins of the past winners also gives a sense of the global appeal of the championships and the sport's importance to developing generations around the world. This was the intention of former IAAF President Primo Nebiolo, the moving force behind the establishment of the championships.

“I personally campaigned hard for this new addition to the World Athletics Series because we must fight harder than ever to gain the attention of young people today,” said Nebiolo in 1999, just ahead of the first championships.

“The IAAF World Youth Championships is not just another athletics competition; it is an opportunity for youngsters to gain valuable experience, to improve personal bests and to build friendly relationships with their rivals from every corner of the world,” he added.

Even though 1999 is the date in the history books marking the first time that the IAAF World Youth Championships – as it was then known – was held, its genesis can be traced back to several years before.

Nebiolo, who witnessed first-hand his brainchild coming to fruition before sadly passing away later that year, had campaigned since the mid-1990s for such a championship at a younger age group below the IAAF World Junior Championships, which had been going strong since 1986.

“The IAAF is one of the few international sports federations which does not organise world-level competition for athletes younger than juniors,” he said in 1996, inspired in particular by the international football tournaments for younger age-group players.

The IAAF Council in March 1997 put forward a proposal to the IAAF Congress that was being held later that year, before the IAAF World Championships in Athens, for such a championship to be established. Congress then gave its seal of approval to an event for under-18 athletes.

In March 1998, the bid by Bydgoszcz to become the first host was accepted by the IAAF Council.

Completing the gestation cycle, just after 17:30 on Friday 16 July 1999, Ladji Doucouré took just 13.26 to go over 10 barriers and win the boys’ 110m hurdles gold medal and be crowned the first ever world youth champion.

“Whatever, I have done since then, winning that gold medal will always have a special place in my heart,” said the Frenchman.

After Bydgoszcz staged the inaugural championships, subsequent hosts have been: 2001 – Debrecen (Hungary), 2003 – Sherbrooke (Canada), 2005 – Marrakech (Morocco), 2007 – Ostrava (Czech Republic), 2009 – Südtirol (Italy), 2011 – Lille (France), 2013 – Donetsk (Ukraine) and 2015 – Cali (Colombia).

The success of the championships can be gauged by the fact that it started off as a three-day affair, with 1055 boys and girls from 131 of the IAAF member federations competing.

The championships have now grown to be a five-day event with record numbers being set of 1407 athletes in action at the 2013 edition and 177 nations taking part in 2005.

People of all ages and abilities round the world pledge to run on global world running day


Millions of people of all ages and abilities from more than 150 countries around the world are expected to run on Global Running Day on Wednesday (7), coming together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness.

Running events and activations will be taking place from New York to New Zealand, including group runs, family fun runs, virtual and in-person races, treadmill challenges, and a host of other activities.

With a treadmill challenge world-record attempt in New York, a night run in Tokyo, a city run in Dubai and a 5km race in Tunis, all corners of the world will be participating in Global Running Day.

“Running is life and one of the core elements of athletics,” said IAAF CEO Olivier Gers. “We are delighted to unite with the worldwide running community for the second Global Running Day on June 7, motivating our 214 national member federations, our running legends and our staff members to make a pledge with the goal of together inspiring a million children to run.”

Pledging for Global Running Day and the second annual Million Kid Run remains open through June 7 on Runners of all ages and abilities can pledge to run on June 7 and add their name to the list of people from all over the world who are coming together to celebrate the sport on Global Running Day.

The second annual Million Kid Run will once again be the centrepiece of Global Running Day. The Million Kid Run is about making fitness fun and inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get moving and stay healthy. From a school administrator pledging students, to a youth coach pledging their running team, to a parent pledging their child, kids around the world will come together to celebrate the power and benefits of running and fitness.

Last year, more than 2.5 million people from 177 countries, including nearly 700,000 kids, pledged to run 9.2 million miles on Global Running Day. This year, people are being asked to share why they are running and taking part in the day.

Running organisations and groups, individuals, school administrators, coaches, and parents can visit to pledge, explore group runs and other events happening around the world, and find information on running activities for all people of all ages and abilities.

The world is welcome to engage with Global Running Day socially by using the #GlobalRunningDay hashtag and creating a customized Global Running Day bib. Global Running Day toolkits for events, communications and social media are also available on the website.

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